Release Date: September 3, 2019
About The Book:
A WOMAN’S WORLD BEST NEW BOOK
WINNER OF THE DAILY MAIL FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION
If your whole life is a lie, who can you trust?
Raised in a quiet rural community, Anna has always been taught that her mamma’s rules are the only path to follow. But, on her eighteenth birthday, she defies her mamma for the first time in her life and goes to Astroland. She’s never been allowed to visit Florida’s biggest theme park, so why, when she arrives, does everything about it seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives that same day—a letter addressing her by a different name?
Rosie has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes as the funds dedicated to the search dry up, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth herself. But can she find the answer before it tears her family apart?
Winner of the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, A Girl Named Anna is a psychologically riveting read that introduces Lizzy Barber as an outstanding new voice in suspense fiction.
About The Author:
Lizzy Barber studied English at Cambridge University. Having previously dabbled in acting and film development, she has spent the last ten years as head of marketing for a restaurant group. Her first novel, A Girl Named Anna, won the Daily Mail and Random House First Novel Prize 2017. She lives in London with her husband, a food writer. https://lizzybarber.com/about-2/
“As convincing as it was gripping, a fabulous debut thriller.”—Sunday Mirror
Readers will quickly know the “who” of the story-it’s the “why” that’s the focus, and Rosie’s and Anna’s dual narratives lend intimacy and emotional resonance. Anna’s story often veers into Carrie territory, and Barber renders the Archers’ heart-wrenching plight with realistic emotional intensity… A page-turning look at the aftermath of a parent’s worst nightmare.”-Kirkus
“Barber creates a fast-moving tale of good and evil, obsession and sacrifice-all in the name of love. This gifted storyteller is a writer to watch.”-Publishers Weekly